Opening Doors to the Outdoors: A Legacy of Advocacy and Play

Join Rivers of Steel in celebrating pioneering women – from the trailblazers who were early advocates for natural spaces and environmental protections to the women of today who carry on their legacy.

Our panelists will consider the impact of regional icon Rachel Carson on the environmental movement, the appreciation of nature as a response to industrialization, the land grants by society women that formed Frick and Schenley Parks, how author Annie Dillard’s childhood play in Pittsburgh’s East End may have influenced her groundbreaking work, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, among others considerations.

Inspired by the legacies of women who have opened doors to the outdoors, our panelists represent the women of today – advocates and scientists, academics and athletes, executives and volunteers – all inspired to improve the quality of life in our region and make it possible for us to continue to enjoy our natural places.

Scheduled to attend are:
• Karen Abrams, Program Officer, Equitable Development at The Heinz Endowments
• Lisa Brown, Executive Director of both the Saw Mill Run and Streets Run Watershed Associations
• Sabina Deitrick, Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA) and Co-director of Urban and Regional Analysis, University Center for Social and Urban Research, University of Pittsburgh
• Jane Menchyk, Land Protection Manager at Western Pennsylvania Conservancy
• Joey-Linn Ulrich, Executive Director of Venture Outdoors

This program will be held at The Brew House at 711 S. 21st Street in the South Side, and will be emceed by Amy Camp of Cycle Forward. The event is open to all ages and genders. Doors will open at 7 p.m., with the panel discussions beginning at 7:30. Attendees are invited to view the current gallery exhibit before the program begins. Light refreshments will be provided. Street parking and bike racks are available.

Opening Doors to the Outdoors is part of a two-program series exploring how women connect with and advocate for the outdoors. The other program, How Getting Outside Changed My Life: An intimate Conversation, will feature a panel of five women sharing their personal nature stories.

This project was financed in part by a grant from the Community Conservation Partnerships Program, the Heritage Areas Program under the administration of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Bureau of Recreation and Conservation. The space was generously donated by The Brew House Association.

These programs are presented by Rivers of Steel, a nonprofit that was founded on the principles of heritage development, community partnership, and a reverence for the region's natural and shared resources. Rivers of Steel strengthens the economic and cultural fabric of western Pennsylvania by fostering dynamic initiatives and transformative experiences.

This program is free and open to the public, although donations will be accepted in support of Rivers of Steel. Registration is required, as seating is limited. Please email or call (412) 918-6563 to register.

The Brew House
711 S. 21st Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15203 (South Side)

Attendees are invited to view the current gallery exhibit, Growlerfest, which celebrates the art of the beer growler and features ceramic handmade growlers.